By Leilani Roberts Ott
With his CD causing a buzz at his music label, 618 Music Group in Nashville, Free Kennedy said, “Listen to the music and stay tuned to next year.”
At 9:30 p.m. Saturday, you’ll get a chance to hear this singer free at Max’s Garage. In the next few years, you may be paying to see him at the BOK Center in Tulsa. He’s that good.
He’s played Max’s about three times this year. DJ Meagan Hibbs said Free Kennedy and his band are “super fun.”
“They’re rock, country with a fresh approach,” Hibbs said. “They are really energetic and fun to listen to.”
Kennedy’s latest CD, “American Dream,” was released about a year ago at a CD party at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The title song is about his dream girl. Another, “Flashback,” is about heartache in a breakup. “That’s Where You’ll Find Me” has a contemporary Christian sound to it. But it’s “Bonfire” that is getting the most play released on iTunes in September. The CD is a mixture of country rock and ballads.
Kennedy, who graduated from Muskogee High School as Jeff Pitts before legally changing his name in 2010, is working on a full-length CD to be released in 2013. “American Dream” has six songs on it. Some were written or co-written by Kennedy.
He started singing in church where his father was a music leader. Kennedy plays piano and guitar. Writing music was his first love. He was encouraged when he went to Nashville in 2008 to pursue his career to sing his own songs. He’s had people like Toby Keith, Darius Rucker and LeAnn Rimes listen to his music. He’s also lived in Chicago, where he played in a rock band and a country band. He recorded the CD in Nashville and North Carolina. He now moves back and forth between Muskogee and Nashville.
“I call both places home,” he said. “They (his label) have big plans for me. This will be a big step up next year. You know the music business. It’s feast or famine.”
Kennedy said people can get his CD at Health Biz in Curt’s Shopping Center or at Max’s Saturday night.
“I’m optimistic,” he said. “I just want people to hear it. This is what I love to do. I can’t see myself doing anything else.”
WHAT: Free Kennedy in concert.
WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Max’s Garage.
COST: No cover charge.